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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Jul 16, 2006 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

Great topics should be revived every once in awhile as more new people join us here- one of the best of the last 6 months was "Segues and transitions" - type this into the search engine for the forum and you will see the old posts- lots of great stuff

I just heard a very smooth, very good seque- 1/15/79- I need a miracle into Shakedown- just before that is the infamous "Where's Phil episode" but the miracle is good and flows like one song into the shakedown

What are your favorite segues and transitions- for you old folks- did you think of any new ones? Are there old ones you would like to repeat for the newbies?

And you newbies, can you think of any great song transitions where the slipping from one song to the next was a thing of beauty and smoth as a babies......

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Poster: hrsauertieg Date: Jul 20, 2006 4:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

One everyone's probably heard a million times - but which never fails to amaze me - is the LIVE/DEAD segue from "The Eleven" into "Lovelight."

From STEPPIN' OUT, "Dark Star" > "Sugar Magnolia." Phil wrote about that one in his book, I believe. I heard it before I read about it, though!

From the unofficial stuff that's available here, there are sooooo many. A fun one is "Cold Rain and Snow" > "Doin' That Rag" from the Fillmore West, 6/7/69. "WRS" > "China Doll" from 6/23/74 (Miami) is amazing too, if you're still awake when the segue occurs. (OK, so shoot me.)

2/2/68, Crystal Ballroom has a really good sequence of "That's It For The Other One" > "Clementine" > "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." The version here is almost Vault-quality sound. For a good CD-length musical experience, you can double up the 2/2/68 show with the 1/20/68 Eureka, CA set that's available here. This results in the following killer set list (which - not to deviate from our topic - includes several excellent segues):

Viola Lee Blues > Feedback, TIFTOO > Clementine > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, //Clementine > New Potato Caboose > Born Cross Eyed > Spanish Jam > Caution Jam > Dark Star//

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Poster: gphishmon Date: Jul 20, 2006 6:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

Some that jump out at me:

5/10/80 - Hartford

Stranger>Comes a Time>Estimated>He's Gone>Uncle John's>Drums>Not Fade>Sugar Mag

Great transitions all the way through, but the one that stands out the most is He's Gone>Uncle John's. Ironically, the jam starts with a wrong note quickly corrected by Jerry. Almost like something so big is about to happen it messes with Jerry a bit. But then he starts the fast, circular pattern which leads to moving out of the He's Gone rhythm into the Uncle John's rhythm. Finally comes the key change and Bob's chord sequence (simplified as he occasionally played it in transition), and we are there!

Not Fade>Sugar Mag is a keeper, too. Bob keeps repeating, "Not Fade Away," as Jerry plays a riff that sets up the shift, and right on cue comes Bob with the chords for Sugar Mag. They also have to speed it up, because Not Fade is so slow, as was typical of 79-81.

3/5/81 - Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

Scarlet>Fire is perfect. Playin'>Drums is more than just a fade out; Jerry plays the final section before drums as a solo, which itself flows right out of the preceding music. Jerry's final, dissonant chord poses a question that is answered by the drummers.

But the prettiest transition of this show is Not Fade>Wharf Rat. It will leave you speechless.

7/18/76 - Orpheum Theater, Boston

Can't leave this one out. Supplication>Let It Grow is an immediate shift that works perfectly. Let It Grow, OTOH, takes its very sweet time heading into Wharf Rat, which moves nicely into an Other One tease before the drum solo starts.

1/22/73 - Eugene, OR

Close Encounters>St. Stephen

Jerry is so in the moment that he doesn't bother with the standard intro. He's just unleashed this wicked solo on everybody, ending with two badass chords (D - E), and just powers his way into the main theme of St. Stephen.

But the ultimate is ...

9/21/72 - Spectrum, Philadelphia

Dark Star>Psychedelic Cowboy Jam>Morning Dew.

Here the transition is so emphasized, elongated, and embellished that it becomes a theme, that could almost be a song, all by itself. Check out Phil's Bb-D chording just before the Dew.

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Poster: gphishmon Date: Jul 21, 2006 7:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

Oh, how in the world could I forget:

12/31/78 - Winterland, San Francisco, CA

Dark Star>Other One>Dark Star>Wharf Rat

From DS to TOO is possibly the smoothest, most seamless transition they've every done. The music gradually sounds less like Dark Star and more like the Other One, until Jerry finally plays a definitive key change riff. Even after that, there are still moments where you'd think they might slip back into Dark Star, until Phil starts playing some full-on Other One runs. The lack of his standard intro only makes the jam smoother. The transition back into Dark Star is so sweet it gives me the chills every time. Get the DVD and see Jerry's intensity and how utterly locked in these guys are.

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Jul 21, 2006 7:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

so many shows, so few memory cells. lol

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 16, 2006 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

As called by Stratocaster, the "Genius" version of Scarlet/Fire 5/8/77 - tight, very fluid...

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Jul 17, 2006 1:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

1979-10-27: Cape Cod Coliseum
"Dancin' in the Streets > Franklin's Tower" (even the band didn't realize what was happening until they were already into "Franklin's")

1981-10-16: Club Melk Weg (Amsterdam)
"Gloria > Turn on Your Lovelight" (1st Lovelight since Pigpen's departure) - Afterwards one of the guys said that they were all suprised to somehow find themselves in the beginning riffs of "Lovelight" and Weir, Jerry and Phil glanced at each other basically asking if they should go for it --- Jerry or Phil nodded in the affirmative and the transition is flawless. (Classic Pigpen to have his spirit show up in Amsterdam to help celebrate Weir's birthday.)

1984-07-13: Greek Theatre
Scarlet > Touch of Grey > Fire on the Mountain

This post was modified by AshesRising on 2006-07-17 08:50:02

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Poster: Bear in 29206 Date: Jul 18, 2006 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

In addition to being the first ever....the 11-4-77 (Colgate) transition from Eyes into Estimated Prophet (instead if the other way around) is sublime and nailed in the same breath..
-Bear

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Poster: GumpyGuppy Date: Jul 19, 2006 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

The La Bamba segue in and out of Good Lovin' from MSG 9-18-97

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Poster: unclejohnnyd Date: Jul 16, 2006 1:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

not very obscure but one of my favs is the space into Fire on The Mountain from Radio City that's on Dead set

also not obscure but the NFA>GDTRFB from SkullF*ck showed me what it's all about

I also LOVE the China> Rider from 5-19-74. Amazingly tight.

I love the Truckin Jam from 6-16-74

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Poster: Hagen Hagen Date: Jul 17, 2006 4:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

Dark Star into Sugar Megs on April 8th, 1972. My chin hits the floor everytime I listen to this.

Whereas the China Cat -> Jam -> Rider from on June 26th, 1974 still makes me a very happy man.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jul 17, 2006 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

I must concur with the post regarding the Cape Cod show from 10/27/79 and add the He's Gone->Caution Jam->Other One from the same show. Whenever I hear this show I always remember why this band has and always will be so far above everyone else.

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Jul 17, 2006 3:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

The whole second set 2.13.1970
GDTRFB>CR&S 4.29.71 total mind drip
The whole second set 4.14.72(GO Pig Go)

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Poster: humandonkey Date: Jul 16, 2006 7:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

how about....

6/23/74 - jai alai fronton, miami... the dark star>spanish jam>u.s. blues trifecta is just fierce... such a wicked segue into u.s. blues... makes you wish they did it that way all of the time...

10/18/72 - fox theatre, st. louis, mo... playin' > drums > dark star > dew > playin'... this is my all time fave! just a complete "wow" everytime I play it... the segue from dew back into playin' is borderline life-altering shit... I think it's the little riff that keith plays during that part that gives me chills... so focused & so goddamn tight... yikes...

I certainly could go on, but those two just jumped out at me...

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Poster: darkstar92772 Date: Jul 16, 2006 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

Wow, this is a tall order my friend. There are so many that come to mind and so many more that I'm sure I'm looking over or haven't heard yet. Ahh, I love this band. As much as I love the Grateful Dead, I love lists almost as much, so here goes.

9/27/72 Dark Star>Cumberland
I played this track for a non dead head friend the other night and he was blown away by them going from jazz into country.

2/27/69 Mountains of the Moon>Darkstar
The jam out of Mountains into Darkstar could quite possibly be my favorite 2:30 segment ever. Nothing short of perfect.

4/26/72 Lovelight>Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Around the 19 minute mark Billy and Bobby are trying to steer the band into Not Fade Away. Jerry isn't having any of this and eventually it goes into a very good version of GDTRFB. It also sounds like there is a brief Big River jam in Lovelight.

But wait...there's more...

10/28/85 Scarlet>Touch of Grey
It's certainly not a mind blowing psychedelic extravaganza but it does come as a surprise when you haven't looked at the setlist. Side note...I always hear heads talking about Weir missing the lyrics to Truckin' but I'll be damned if I ever heard Garcia get all the lyrics to Touch right.

12/26/79 Uncle Johns Band>Estimated Prophet
I just really like it.

This is a great thread by the way

Ok...One more...
7/8/82 The Music Never Stopped>Sugaree>The Music Never Stopped

I Think I'm done now..

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Poster: sydthecat Date: Jul 17, 2006 12:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

This is always fun but I'm only going to mention two that immediately come to mind.

The Eyes out of Dark Star at Dane County Coliseum in 1973. Always a sweet transition but this is my fave.

The Fire out of Scarlet at the Greek in 1988 (New Year's '85 too although it goes a little clunky at the key moment)

Oh and the "just like a Swiss watch" moment in Oakland when Uncle John's meets Estimated Prophet from 12/27/87. I was at that one and I still can't figure out how they did it. What's more I never saw them do it again.

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Jul 17, 2006 6:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

jeeeeze! threads like this.....i end up DL'n 3 more shows!
My PC is gettin cram-rammed and very Dead! (am i complaining?)

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Poster: Spaced Date: Jul 18, 2006 1:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

For some reason I didn't like Truckin' too much until hearing it come out of the Space of Greek 1985-06-14. Truckin was followed by Smokestack Lightning, and now going back to old versions of Smokestack I think I hear pieces of Truckin in it.

This sort of recombinant do-re-mi deja vu really stimulates a synesthetic feeling of cosmic unity for me.

Not really segue material, but I also liked how crowd vocalization sometimes played good parts. I kinda expect calls by certain people at times, in Stella Blue for instance.

Spaced in SF

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Oct 27, 2006 4:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

I had to bring this up again because of a beauty I heard last night- and for the ever increasing number of new people finding themselves here- this was a great thread- and it is a chance for the vets like lehigh vet to add new things they discover-

For me, it was the absolutely seemless transition from Miracle to Terrapin 12/31/78

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 18, 2006 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

Too weird not to mention, since I just decided to respond to this w/the show that just happens to have been played on this very date 17 years ago, and I was lucky enough to be there.

If you haven't already, please check out the insanely perfect and sublime 7-18-89 Alpine Valley transition of Sugar Mag>Scarlet Begonias...don't blink your ears or you'll miss it....perfect melding, unreal stuff!

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Jul 16, 2006 6:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Segues and transitions- for all you new folks

So many great segues to choose from

My personal favorite is the mind left body jam > US blues from 6/28/74

Another great one that slips under the radar:

12/19/78 Stella > NFA SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!


From the nineties:

gotta love 9/22/91: CC RIDER > Train to Cry SMOOOOOTH